Khashoggi killing: All eyes on Turkey as calls for answers remain

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 21, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to Khashoggi's disappearance last week, saying that the federal government has been "extremely active" both in private and in public in speaking up for human rights in Saudi Arabia.

Britain rolled out the red carpet for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in March.

The Saudi king also ordered the setting up of a ministerial body under the chairmanship of the crown prince to restructure the kingdom's intelligence agency and "define its powers precisely", Saudi state media said.

As many as 18 people have been taken into custody, according to Saudi officials.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post newspaper, who apparently went missing after going to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Intelligence officials alerted Twitter executives at the end of 2015 that Saudi leadership had been "grooming" Alzabarah to keep tabs on accounts belonging to dissidents and critics of the Saudi government.

The disappearance of Khashoggi has provoked global criticism of Saudi Arabia's de-facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and convulsed the kingdom as it struggles to respond to increasing worldwide pressure to explain the journalist's fate.

Khashoggi spoke confidentially with her when she was working on a cover story on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is colloquially known as MBS.

"It offers no consolation to have Saudi officials confirm what the whole world already knows-Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul".

The Saudi statement confirming the death of Khashoggi in a fist fight did not appear to be credible for some USA lawmakers, who demanded that Riyadh be held accountable for the incident.

Trump said he found Saudi Arabia's explanation "credible" and described it as an important first step.

The announcement could ease strains with the USA and Turkey but leaves lingering questions about the extent of Prince Mohammed's role in and knowledge of the incident.

On Saturday, Trump reiterated that he did not want to block USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia, saying, "That would hurt us far more than it would. them".

October 11: Turkey says it has agreed with Saudi Arabia to form a joint group to shed light on the disappeared journalist's fate. It's also an about-face from the kingdom's previous denials of any involvement in Khashoggi's October 2 disappearance at the consulate.

People hold signs at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia during a protest about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Oct. 10, 2018, in Washington. If Trump "becomes part of the effort to whitewash" the killing, "they will leak this information", he said.

One assassin is said to have told others: "When I do this job, I listen to music".

Mr Trump stressed the importance of Saudi Arabia as a counterbalance to Iran in the Middle East, and pushed back against the need for sanctions against the country in light of the new information, talking about the effect of such a move on the United States economy. "Even if Khashoggi died because of an altercation, that's no excuse for his murder", Menendez tweeted.

Saudi Arabia's "latest version asks us to believe that Mr Khashoggi died after becoming engaged in a "brawl" with officials who had been sent to meet him". "This is far from the end and we need to keep up the worldwide pressure".

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